Mercedes-Benz to recall 1 million cars worldwide

German luxury car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz has issued a global recall of 1 million of several of its newer models and SUVs over concerns of fire risk

Mercedes-Benz – which recently surpassed BMW as the biggest selling luxury car manufacturer in the world for the first time in more than a decade – has had to recall certain A-Class, C-Class, E-Class and CLA cars as well as GLA and GLC SUVs manufactured between 2015 and 2017 after 51 cars caught alight as a result of a faulty starter fuse.

No deaths or injuries have been reported thus far, but the automaker isn’t taking any chances and will begin a US recall in July this year to fit affected vehicles with an additional fuse.

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“Daimler AG has determined that on certain A-Class (176 platform), B-Class (242/246 platform), CLA (117 platform), GLA (156 platform), C-Class (205 platform), E-Class (213 platform) and GLC (253 platform) vehicles, the starting current limiter could be overloaded under certain conditions during the starting procedure,” Daimler said in a statement.

In situations where the vehicle’s engine is damaged and can’t crank (when the engine has hydro-locked, for example), and the driver repeatedly attempts to start the vehicle, an extremely high electric current can flow through the starting current limiter, causing it to overheat.”

Affected models will be fitted with an additional fuse in the electric line to the starter.

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Mercedes-Benz SA told DESTINY that South Africa is yet to be named as one of the countries affected by the global recall.

“We have not, as yet, received any official notification of the campaign being launched in South Africa. We are monitoring the situation and will be in a position to update all affected parties when more information is available,” the company said.

Mercedes-Benz’ focus on sexy design, technological distinction and autonomous driving won motorists the world over, with the group selling more than 2 million cars and in excess of 80 000 more than arch-rival BMW.

Mercedes’ biggest drawcards were its SUVs, exceeding 700 000 in global sales, followed by its latest easy-on-the-eye compact cars, of which just under 637 000 cars were sold worldwide.